Questions about how to store food so as to preserve its freshness and overall quality.

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How should I store leftover rice noodles?

I seem to recall reading somewhere that you should store leftover cooked rice noodles in water. Is this right? I don't want them to bloat and become ruined. I also seem to recall reading somewhere ...
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Garlic Overflow — Why won't my olive oil stay in its jug?

I'm the kind of chef who chops up whatever the local bazaar has that week, adds a random amount of seasonings until the color suits my fancy and then cooks it. Somehow. Most days I don't go hungry. ...
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How far in advance can I stage pizza?

We're having friends over and I'd like to make 3 or 4 pizzas. I'm considering stretching out the dough and put on the toppings ahead of time, say an hour ahead of when I pop them in the oven. How long ...
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How to keep fresh-made soft pretzels from getting soggy or stale?

I've recently learned how to make fresh pretzels and they are quite good. However, they start to get hard and chewy after about four hours. If I store them in a plastic container before that then they ...
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Sanitizing bottles/jars for homemade sauce

The recipe for tomato sauce (includes vinegar, sugar and salt) I am using says I can put the bottles in cool water and bring to boil; once they are boiling, they are ready to fill and seal. My ...
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Frozen canned soup

I recently moved, and during the process I stored some things (canned soup for one) in a non temperature-controlled storage unit. As you know this winter has been science fiction cold, and the cans ...
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How do I stop homemade Ravioli from going soggy? (storage issue)

Last week I made some Pumpkin Ravioli. The filling was a bit moist, but nothing excessive. The problem is, that obviously, I don't want to be stuffing ravioli immediately before they go into the ...
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Do toasted nuts quickly lose flavor?

There are many recipes where freshly toasted nuts are called for, and that got me wondering--how far can I toast them in advance without sacrificing flavor? If not, how quickly do they lose flavor, ...
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How to store Miso

Most recipes I see that use miso require rather small amounts. As I don't want to waste a lot of miso, I would like to know how to store miso long term. Particularly, I want to know if I can freeze ...
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Is it safe to vacuum seal shredded Parmesan?

I was trying to think of a way to more efficiently storing parmesan for quick access. I realized I could shred a batch and vacuum seal it in a jar to better preserve the flavor after shedding. ...
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How to store blanched tomatoes?

So I like to cook food in advance so its quicker to make dishes when I come back from work. After blanching a few tomatoes, how can I store them so I can use them days after? Should i refrigerate them ...
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How to Store Fresh Herbs

What is the best way to store fresh herbs like parsley or cilantro? I find I have about the same luck with them whether they are left in a plastic bag or I put them in a cup of water.
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How to bottle your own homemade salad dressing

I would like to bottle my homemade dressing. The main ingredients are olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey, lemon and dijon mustard. Once it is bottled, is there a processing time as there is with ...
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Uncovered Raw Meat or Milk in Fridge

I believe the harm in leaving raw meat uncovered in the fridge is that more bacteria will enter, more oxygen will enter (causing faster bacteria multiplication), and more water will escape (causing ...
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How to store clay dishes?

I’ve got some (partially glazed) clay dishes, the kind that are used often for Spanish tapas or as containers for some soft French goat cheese: The problem: the clay draws in a lot of moisture when ...
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Storing/transporting nut brittle in tins

I made different types molasses nut brittle for the first time tonight to give as holidays gifts. I'm going to put a little of each type in small round holiday tins that I found at a craft store. I ...
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Will storing a mix of vermouths alter their taste?

The recipe I have for a manhattan cocktail calls for 2.5:.5:.5 Bourbon:dry vermouth:red vermouth. Will mixing the dry and red vermouth together and storing before making the cocktails adversely ...
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Does Freezing Broccoli Dry it Out?

When I used to work for a grocer a senior employee told me that the broccoli suppliers tried not to freeze or pack the broccoli in too much ice to prevent it from freezing. He said that this was ...
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How to store a Christmas pudding to make it drier?

I have prepared a Christmas pudding but it came out too wet to our taste. What is the best way to store it to make it drier but without spoiling it?
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How long can I keep a leg of ham in the fridge?

How long will a glazed ham last for? I have a ham, which I glazed. It was in a vac pack, and does not expire for 2 months. Since I have removed it from the vac pack, glazed and cooked it. How long ...
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Can I freeze soup in a pot?

Can I freeze soup in a pot (I believe it's made of stainless steel)? Are there any health risks? Is there any risk of damage to the pot?
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How can I store truffles?

My husband will bring home some fresh white truffles from Italy. I never had truffles in my kitchen and I don't know how to store them. Any advice? Subquestion suggested by casperOne: It would be ...
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Should I bag hard candy or not?

I just made a few candy canes... If I'm going to transport them tomorrow, can I bag them up after they cool or should I keep them out as long as possible? I'm worried about them getting sticky
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Do you need a pressure cooker to can home-made salsa?

I grew my own tomatoes this year and had success with making my own salsa. Do you need a pressure cooker to can home-made salsa?
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Canning pickles and sealing lids

I did the whole boiling process of canning the pickles and over night some did not seal but as soon as I placed them in the fridge they sealed. Do they need to stay in the fridge or can I put them in ...
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How long can I keep espresso in the fridge? [duplicate]

I often make espresso with a bialetti moka. I made some espresso martinis for my family at a party earlier this year and I have been asked for some more over Christmas. How long can I keep espresso ...
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Should ghee be kept out of light?

I have ghee in clear glass jar on a shelf in my kitchen, would it keep for longer if I try to store it in a dark place? Does light speed up oxidation?
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Vacuum sealer exclusively for canning jars?

I'm looking for a vacuum sealer just to vacuum seal canning jars. Presently I use a traditional vacuum sealer for bags that has an accessory port. It's bulky and because it's designed for bags as ...
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Does polenta freeze well?

Does freezing polenta substantially change its consistency? I like polenta but would prefer to make it in batches instead of every time I want to eat it. After I make it, I usually let it cool, cut ...
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My Shrink Wrapped Steaks are Brown when I thaw them!

My parents bought a slab of steaks from my cousin who personally shrink-wrapped them. But when they thawed them out they were brown! Are they still good to eat? What's going on? My dad didn't cook ...
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How to keep fried fish warm and crispy during transport to venue?

I frequently cook for my choir and I wanted to serve fried fish. The problem is I have to cook the food at home and transport it to the church. How do I keep it warm and crispy for about an hour ...
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How to fix ghee which partly turned white and smells rancidly?

A friend of mine has mistakenly stored his ghee in a bowl which was not quite hermetic hence exposed to oxygen and the sun light. The result is that the ghee turned white and is rancid. See the ...
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Refrigerator pickles in plastic?

This year I'm going to try my hand at pickling. I've found recipes for asparagus refrigerator pickles that sound good, but they all say to use mason jars. I have a number of plastic containers that ...
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What should I do with a just-baked lasanga?

I'm a complete cooking newbie. I just made a lasanga from a recipe - or something that looks like a lasanga. However, it will probably only be eaten 3-4 hours from now. What should I do with it in the ...
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What should I set my refrigerator's temperature control's to keep it coldest?

I have a refrigerator with 1 3 7 9 for temperature control. Where should I keep the indicator to keep it coldest? The milk is getting sour.
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Yeast 101: Active Dry Yeast, Instant Yeast, Baking Soda, Baking Powder. Differences and Info [closed]

I'm a little confused as to what are the difference between them, when should I use which? Also, how long is the lifespan and proper care after opening of these products? If I don't bake that often ...
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How fast does pork fat spoil?

I have a mini-oven with a tray I use to fry my bacon for breakfast. Quite a bit of fat leaks out from the bacon onto the tray. It sits there, in room temperature for a day or two, then I put more ...
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Should a sourdough starter be left open/ajar after feeding?

I keep my sourdough starter (spelt) in the fridge and leave it out after feeding it. Should the jar that the starter be kept in be left open/ajar in order to encourage more wild yeast to colonize it - ...
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How should I deal with blood released while thawing meat in the refrigerator?

Saturday I pulled a package of venison from my freezer to thaw and hope to make stroganoff with it tonight. However, this morning I noticed that the package (in a bowl) had really released a lot of ...
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Sponge cake with only three ingredients - will this work at all?

I have a recipe for a sponge cake only consisting of sugar, eggs and flour. To be honest, I am a bit afraid to to try it. How can this create a fluffy cake - where does the air come from? Won't it be ...
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How to keep lemons, oranges and grapefruits fresh longer?

I like adding a few drops of citrus juice into my drinks, but they don't usually stay fresh for long in unsqueezed form (if I only cut a small piece and use that) and in juice form (with or without ...
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What is the best way to store stock in the freezer?

What is the best way to store stock in the freezer? I can think of ice cubes and plastic bags, but am looking for other ideas. Also, what would be the optimal portion size?
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Refrigerated lunchboxes turn soggy

When I steam vegetables or boil rice I leave it to cool off for a few hours and then put it into a plastic lunch box and then into the fridge. After a day the vegetables get very soggy with a pool of ...
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At which temperature Parmesan cheese must be transported?

I bought a piece of Parmesan cheese over internet. When it arrived (in a styrofoam box) I measured its temperature and it was 17,8° C (64° F). I think it's too high... Is this OK? What is the ...
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Can alcohol bottles (especially liquor) be stored on their side?

I have a fairly well-stocked mini-bar, but not a lot of space. I've considered storing the bottles in a drawer, but I've heard that you should store certain alcohol upright. Is this true? If so, ...
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Do pickled sausages need to be refrigerated?

We have a jar of Hannah's Red Hot Pickled Sausages that we just opened last night. I couldn't find any "Refrigerate After Opening" indication anywhere on the jar, so we left them out overnight. I'm ...
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preservation of uncooked dill pickles

I have used an old German dill pickle receipe forever that doesn't use a water bath. I make brine and boil, pour over prepared jars, put on heated lids and leave them to seal on their own. These are ...
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dry garlic in oil --> botulism risk?

My girlfriend and I are thinking of preparing some flavored oils for Christmas presents this year (don't tell anyone!). We've read online that fresh garlic presents a health hazard when stored at room ...
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What ingredients can be used to prevent rapid ice cream melting?

I added Guar gum and xanthane gum when I made ice cream, but 15% of it still melted before I put the ice cream in the fridge. What ingredients can I use to prevent my ice cream from melting this ...
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How can I prepare dried minced garlic?

I have a container of minced garlic similar to this: My question is can I mince fresh garlic, then allow it to dry on a plate and add it to the container? Or is there a special way of preparing ...